Stop and search powers following death of man in Writtle

Police are carrying out extra patrols in parts of Chelmsford from this evening following the death of a man in Writtle last night.

As part of this increased presence, they will also be using additional stop and search powers under Section 60 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994.

This allows uniformed officers to search people for dangerous objects and weapons without the need to have a reasonable suspicion.

The use of these powers under Section 60 have been authorised for the Melbourne Estate area, and is in place until 6pm tomorrow, Sunday February 2.

It will cover the area between Avon Road, the A1060 Rainsford road, the B1008, Erick Avenue and Patching Hall Lane. Please see the map attached.

Detective Chief Superintendent Stuart Hooper said: “Officers are continuing to work through the night to investigate the death of a 19-year-old man in Writtle last night, which is being treated as a targeted attack.

“We understand people will be concerned and officers have been carrying out extra patrols throughout today and will continue to do so.

“The decision to put in place a Section 60 power is never taken lightly but we have taken this option in light of last night’s tragic events to identify and deter anyone who may be carrying weapons.

“Please do not be concerned about the increase police presence over the next 24 hours. Chelmsford is a safe place and we want to keep it that way. 

“If you do have any information about last night’s incident, please speak to officers or contact Crimestoppers anonymously.”
Contact the North Major Crime Team on 101 quoting incident 1107 of Friday 31 January.

Alternatively, contact the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111 or use the anonymous online form at


Mick Ferris

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